• 04.20.18

    Blackwell Burke P.A. Named to Coveted 2018 Best Lawyers in America list

    Blackwell Burke P.A. does it again! The firm and two of its attorneys were named to the coveted 2018 Best Lawyers in America list. Blackwell Burke is believed to be the only African-American owned litigation firm to win this award, carving unprecedented inroads in the world of nationwide high-stakes litigation and class actions. Best Lawyers holds itself out as the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. It has been publishing the list yearly for more than 30 years. It is entirely made up of peer review, intended to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus…
  • 04.03.18

    Blackwell Burke P.A. Again Named to the BTI Client Service A-Team List for 2018

    This is significant, because the annual BTI Client Service A-Team ranking is limited solely to law firms considered by clients to deliver the absolute best levels of client service. It is the only law firm ranking based solely on objective feedback from corporate counsel. In addition to being previously recognized on the BTI Client Service A-Team, Blackwell Burke has also been previously recognized as a BTI Client Service All-Star. Blackwell Burke is proud to once again join this elite list of client service leaders. For the past 17 years, BTI has published a ranking of client service excellence for the…
  • 03.06.18

    Blackwell Burke P.A. Sponsors Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association Gala

    Blackwell Burke P.A. was proud to be a platinum sponsor of the 13th annual Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA) gala, which was held on March 2, 2018, in Minneapolis. The event honored Tamara Caban-Ramirez and Senator Melisa Lopez Franzen, recipients of the 2018 Manuel Guerrero Courage in Leadership Award. Named for one of the founders and first president of the MHBA, The Manuel Guerrero Courage in Leadership Award recognizes leaders who go beyond personal achievement and strive to empower the community and advance social change and the capacity of others to improve the wellbeing and prosperity of the Latino community.…
  • 02.20.18

    Two New Attorneys Join Blackwell Burke P.A.

    Two new litigators, Ted Hartman and Patrick Hauswald, recently joined Blackwell Burke P.A., deepening the already-diverse skill set at the boutique law firm. About Ted Hartman Ted Hartman brings litigation experience in products liability, premises liability, commercial litigation, real estate law, and contract disputes. Before joining Blackwell Burke P.A., Hartman spent two years in private practice and then served as in-house counsel for Fidelity National Title Group, where he worked on high-stakes litigation involving contract disputes and real estate law in federal and state courts. Hartman earned his B.A. from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 2008 (magna cum laude)…
  • 01.11.18

    Jerry Blackwell on Selection Committee Appointing First Hmong Judge in Minnesota

    Continuing his commitment to diversity in the courtroom, Blackwell Burke founder Jerry Blackwell was part of Governor Mark Dayton’s Judicial Selection Commission that recommended the appointment of Minnesota’s first Hmong judge, Sophia Vuelo. “It’s important in a system of justice that the judges that get appointed reflect the ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity of our state as a whole,” Blackwell said, during a recent interview on KARE-11 for a report about increasing diversity in the courtroom. Vuelo’s appointment is the latest chapter of an increasingly diverse bench in Minnesota. Under Dayton’s watch, the number of judges of color has increased…
  • 10.18.17

    Jerry W. Blackwell Wins Minnesota Diversity & Inclusion Award

    The first annual Minnesota Lawyer-Diversity & Inclusion Awards honor those who have contributed to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the practice of law, going above and beyond in creating a more diverse and inclusive community. When Jerry Blackwell founded Blackwell Burke P.A., he wove excellence and diversity into the firm’s DNA based on his longstanding commitment to both: “I wanted to build a law firm doing institutional work where diversity lives as a leadership priority and to be an example of how a diverse environment can work in fact and not just as a marketing slogan or aspirational…

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